Robert Barnett Sr.


May 25, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Robert L. Barnett Sr., 84, of Colony died on Sunday, May 23, 2010, at his home.
He was born March 12, 1926, in Richmond, to James Fredrick and Eva Lee (Culbertson) Barnett. He was the youngest of nine children.
On May 13, 1949, he married Vivian M. Fletcher of Ottawa. They made their home in Colony.
He was a farmer and stockman most of his life. He retired from farming in 2001 and sold the farm due to ill health and moved into town.
He went to work for the Department of Agriculture in 1955. He worked in that capacity for 40 years. For 20 of those years he was compliance supervisor for 11 counties. During that time he made several trips to Dodge City to train 15 counties in crop appraisal.
He was active in the community and had been a Cub Scout leader and 4-H beef leader. He was secretary of Rural Water District No. 5 from 1967 to 1972. In 1972 it incorporated and he held the secretary position until 2001.
He served on the Ozark Township Cemetery Board from 1974 until 2010. He was a member of Colony United Methodist Church where he served as chairman of the board of trustees for a number of years.
He was a 1954 charter member of Colony Lions Club, serving for 56 years. During that time he held several offices.
He is survived by his wife of the home; four children, Linda Ellis and her husband Guy, Waverly, Debbie Troxel, Iola, Laurie Hartley, Kearney, Mo., and Bob Jr. and his wife, Debbie, Coweta, Okla.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Four brothers, Kenneth, Richard, James and Wayne, and four sisters, Gertrude, Helen, Dorothy and Mildred, died earlier.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Colony. Burial will follow in Colony Cemetery. 
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home in Colony. 
Memorial contributions to Colony Lions Club, Colony United Methodist Church or Colony First Responders may be left at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

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